Does your baby have difficulty sleeping? See why in the article Separation Anxiety and Night Terrors.

Napping needs vary based on the baby and their age. We can expect 3–4 per day for newborns, which will diminish to two around six months and one a day after 1–2 years of age. Finally, 3–5 year old children may no longer nap at all.

Don’t forget that napping for too long, three hours or more, or too close to the nightly sleep routine, can hinder them sleeping by themselves at night. The length and quality of naps in the day can influence the baby’s sleep at night, and the inverse.

It’s good to stabilise your baby’s sleep at night before starting naps. The nap ritual should be different at night, so the baby can understand the difference (ex.: baths at night). When your baby shows signs of fatigue, you can apply techniques to get them to sleep by themselves.

Would you like more details about the different techniques to promote your baby going to sleep by themselves? Read the article on Sleep Techniques for your Baby.

To learn more about the topic, you can also watch the video about Baby Sleep.

Talk soon,

Marie
The Baby Expert

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